Europa Cinemas supports the Foundation Aula de Cine Colección Josep M. Queraltó
Today, the collection of the Foundation Aula de Cine Colección Josep M. Queraltó comprises over 20,000 items, which have been painstakingly collected, restored and catalogued over a period of more than 35 years.
Today, the collection of the Foundation Aula de Cine Colección Josep M. Queraltó comprises over 20,000 items, which have been painstakingly collected, restored and catalogued over a period of more than 35 years. This is a collection that sheds light on the technological evolution of cinema through objects originating from across Europe and beyond, including shadow theatres, zoetropes, 35 mm cameras and projectors.
Since 2004, the Foundation has organised a number of exhibitions, both in Spain and further afield. Today, it aims to create an interactive and educational museum to offer all citizens an insight into the origins of the technology behind moving pictures in the digital era.
Europa Cinemas, through its General Director Claude-Eric Poiroux, acknowledges that the collection of Josep M. Queraltó, one of the largest private collections in Europe, has a key role to play in educating the public about the history of cinematographic technology and in preserving Spain’s audiovisual heritage.
On 16 August 2018, María Luisa Pujol, the Foundation’s Director, Jorge S. Bonet, its President, and Claude-Eric Poiroux therefore signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of supporting, notably, the establishment of this museum.
The Foundation Aula de Cine Colección Josep M. Queraltó, also supported by the Cinémathèque Française, has already signed similar agreements with organisations such as UNIC (International Union of Cinemas), IMAGO (European Federation of Cinematographers), FECE (Federation of Spanish Cinemas) and the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences.
“JMQ, A Quest For A Dream”, a documentary presenting the project – Trailer
Photo: Irene Angel Echeverri, Jorge S. Bonet, María Luisa Pujol, Claude-Eric Poiroux